May 18, 2011
DCPS Responds to OSSE 2010 DC CAS Decision
DCPS retained Caveon LLC to review the 10 schools that had been identified by OSSE as having potential testing concerns. Caveon conducted an investigation and concluded that two classrooms had possible testing irregularities and one classroom had a confirmed case of testing impropriety.
Earlier this month, DCPS submitted the 2010 DC CAS report completed by Caveon to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). DCPS advised OSSE of the results of Caveon’s investigation as well as the actions taken by DCPS to address any incidences of alleged impropriety.
DCPS similarly made Caveon representatives available to OSSE in the event OSSE required additional information. In each of the three classrooms and as a precaution, the teacher in question was not permitted to administer the 2011 DC CAS.
After reviewing the report we submitted, OSSE notified DC Public Schools this morning of its intention to invalidate the scores of three classrooms in a letter to Acting Chancellor Henderson.
DCPS remains steadfast in its commitment to the utmost testing integrity. We take seriously any allegations of impropriety and will work with OSSE to identify any steps that we can take to further strengthen our test security protocols.
Moreover, DCPS will continue to move aggressively to take appropriate action, up to and including termination, in cases where any cheating has been confirmed and a teacher acted inappropriately.